MPs want National COVID-19 Response Fund to withdraw letter seeking to cut 10,000 from each salary earner
Parliament has ordered the National COVID-19 Response Fund to immediately withdraw a letter seeking money from salaried employees to help in the fight against the Coronavirus disease.
The National COVID-19 Response Fund recently reached out to employers asking for their support to collect at least Shs. 10,000 from each employee in order to enable the fund to raise money for Uganda’s COVID-19 response. The Fund intends to raise at least 15 billion Shillings from employees for the cause.
Emmanuel Katongole, the chairperson of the Uganda National Response Fund to the COVID-19 pandemic said that the letters were formally written to a number of Chief Executive Officers after a virtual engagement with selected business leaders to extend the appeal for a voluntary contribution during the month of May and June.
Yesterday afternoon, Buhweju County MP Francis Mwijukye raised a matter of national importance questioning the move by the COVID-19 Fund officials to solicit money from an already stressed population.
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga directed David Bahati, the State Minister of Finance for Planning to explain how the government was taxing workers without the authority of parliament.